the admissions team is excited to meet bright, creative and curious applicants.

Our decision to grant admission to MSA is determined by your completed application, teacher recommendations, grades, interviews and auditions.  We choose students who will contribute to our artistic community and who can succeed in an innovative academic environment.

Follow these steps to apply:

STEP ONE: Contact the Admissions Office to discuss your interests with us.

STEP TWO: Attend an Open House —RSVP here

STEP THREE: Submit your application and fee – 2017-2018 Application

STEP FOUR: Request teacher recommendations and transcripts from current school Transcript Request Form | English Teacher Recommendation Form | Math Teacher Recommendation Form

STEP FIVE: Schedule your Interview and Shadow Day by contacting the Admissions Office

STEP SIX: Attend an Audition: See audition requirements here



Applications for early decision are due February 15.  In order to meet this deadline, please give yourself enough time to collect the recommendation letters, complete your application and take one of the standardized tests required. All applications submitted after February 15 will be considered on a rolling basis.

After the first grading period, please have your current math and English teacher complete the recommendation form found on the admissions page.  Recommendation forms should be mailed directly to Metropolitan School of the Arts, Admissions Office, at 5775 Barclay Drive, Suite 4 – Alexandria, VA 22315.

We require grades from last school year and at least one term of the current school year. Please sign the Transcript Release form and submit it to your current school.  Your school will send your transcript and current grades to MSA.

Feel free to contact the Admissions Office by phone, email or in person. 703.339.0444 or

Mail completed application to:
5775 Barclay Drive, Suite 4
Alexandria, VA 22315